Title: Ever the Same
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Audie, Dixon
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Audie Barrack is in it up to his elbows with a sick calf when his son’s school calls. Seems Grainger has gotten into yet another fight. When he walks into the principal’s office, he’s shocked to find his son has been fighting with a little girl named Randi.
A little girl with one blind dad and one dad who recently passed away.
Dixon has lost his sight, his career, and his husband. Thank God for his brothers, Momma and Daddy, and his little girl, or he would simply give up. The last thing he needs is for Randi to start trouble at school, especially trouble that puts him in contact with another dad who might expect him to be a functional human being.
Dixon is struggling to live as a blind man, Audie is terrified someone might see he has a closet to come out of, and everyone from the school to both men’s families is worried for the men and their children. Unless they get themselves together and commit to change, neither of them stands a chance.
BA Tortuga is one of my go-to authors when I’m in the mood for a sexy, smoothly written read. Her stories have entertained this reader MANY times on a cold winter’s night, and her latest novel, Ever the Same, gave me several hours of pure, enjoyable escapism that I’ve learned to expect from her.
One of the reasons why I really liked this story is because of the characters. I really found myself caring about both Audie and Dixon. Audie has a heart of gold and is a genuinely nice man. He’s a good father, hard worker and it isn’t a stretch to say he often thinks of others and their happiness before his own. When he meets Dixon, it’s not under the best circumstances, so his first impression isn’t the best, but when he meets Dixon again, it was fun to see how his feelings changed for him.
Dixon has so much going against him. He’s lost his husband, his sight and has had to give up the life he loved so much. He’s had to come to rely on his parents for help and even though his young daughter is the light of his life, living in total darkness and despair has caused him to almost give up on life. When he meets Audie, things start to change and slowly Dixon begins to really live again.
I really loved watching these two men fall into a friendship and then love. Their children are adorable, and I enjoyed how they slowly became a blended family. Although this book has some angst, it isn’t bogged down by it. All in all it is a very sweet and sexy read and I easily recommend it!
Reviewed By: Gabbi